LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The State Of Michigan isn’t changing the MEAP test, but they are moving the standard for when a student is considered to be proficient, and they have moved it so far that it may leave parents scratching their heads. Only 35% of the state's students in grades 3-7 would have earned passing marks. Older students performed even worse, with just a quarter of students in grades 8 and 11 making the grade. Under the old system, 95% of students passed the 2010 math exam and 87% passed the reading exam. The state came to these conclusions by retroactively applying the new testing standards to the last four years worth of results from the Michigan Merit and MEAP exams. The State Board of Education approved the increasing of cut scores this year, which represent the cutoff point at which a student needs to perform to pass the standardized exams.
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